Primary school approval is first of 2012
Published Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Plans for the first new primary school build of 2012 have been approved today.
A proposal by Lend Lease to construct a brand new £6.3million replacement for Spittal Primary school and nursery class in Rutherglen was given the go-ahead at this morning's Planning Committee.
Work is now scheduled to begin within weeks on the tandem build project, enabling the 140 pupils to remain in their current building, in the town's Lochlea Road, throughout.
The new single-storey school, which forms part of Phase 2 of the council's ground-breaking £812m Schools Modernisation Programme will include:
- seven classrooms
- Gym/dining hall
- staff room and offices
- breakout area
- integrated pre-school nursery
Externally, the site will include car parking, all-weather sports pitch, bike shelter, refuse area and landscaping. CCTV cameras will also be installed.
A new vehicle access from Lochlea Road is to be created opposite Kyle Square leading to a drop off zone. Pedestrian footpath links are also proposed to the playground and school building.
The new all-weather sports pitch will be constructed on the site of the existing building after the new school is complete.
Councillor Graham Scott, the chair of the council's Planning Committee, welcomed another year of progress on the council's 124-strong primary school estate. He said: "I am always delighted to see new school applications come to this committee as it shows the continued progress of this unique modernisation programme.
"Who would have thought, back in 2004 when the council embarked on this process, that by 2012 more than half of our pupils would be learning in new, modern environments?
"And, as so many have already benefitted, so too will the pupils of Spittal as they look forward to a bright new future in a brand new school."